Change is Coming

How can we make our community a better place?

We Get Creative.

We have the resources – talent, technology and tolerance. We have the desire. Richard Florida will explain how to bring it together - by attracting, retaining, and engaging our area’s "Creative Class."


Richard Florida is the founder of the Creative Class Group, senior editor for “The Atlantic,” and author of the acclaimed “The Rise of the Creative Class.”


The Community Foundation Corporate Partners Program Speaker Series.


7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12. An interactive pre-event begins at 6 p.m. featuring the area’s most creative organizations and entrepreneurs.


The Stanley Center for the Arts, 259 Genesee St., Utica.


Reserve limited free seating at, the Stanley box office, or (315) 724-4000.

What People are Saying about Richard Florida.

"His ideas have influenced state and city governments, city mayors, multinational corporations, property developers, chief executives and urban planners."
Nick Leech The National
"Florida is an authoritative and entertaining observer. He pulls together many of the things we see into an illuminating narrative of demography and urban and economic development."
John Gapper, The Financial Times
"He's changed the framework for discussing social and economic inequality."
"An urban-development expert...his ideas about revitalizing cities by attracting artists and high-tech workers have influenced a generation of urban planners."
Andrea Sachs TIME
"He's a very smart demographer, a visionary, a creative. He looks at data in a way that no one else does."
John Hickenlooper - Governor, Colorado